School of Applied Human Sciences

Sibonisile Zibane


  • Details

  • Position Lecturer
  • Discipline Social Work
  • CampusHoward College Campus
  • Office AddressRoom F220, Memorial Tower Building

Degrees Held

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Sociology) (UKZN) Title of PHD Thesis: NEGOTIATING SEXUALITY: Informal sexual cultures amongst young people at a township high school in Kwazulu-Natal.
  • Masters in Social Work (Welfare Policy) (UKZN) Title of MA Thesis: The Responsiveness of Sexual Offenders to a Therapeutic Group Work Programme at a Prison in Durban, South Africa.
  • Bachelor of Technology in Correctional Services Management (UNISA)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Work (UNIZUL)

Research Interests

  • Africology
  •  Gender, Youth Sexuality, and Gender Violence
  • HIV and AIDS
  • Community Development and community-based work
  • Psychosocial support services
  • Forensic social work
  • Correctional Services

Teaching Interests

  • Africology
  • Gender, AIDS and Violence
  • Human behavior and the Social Environment
  • Working with Groups
  • Psychosocial Support

Selected awards

  • 2014  Thuthuka Grant for PHD: National Research Foundation
  • 2012 Competitive Research Grant Award
  • 2011 SANTRUST PHD Proposal Writing
  • 2010 Educator of the Year Award (Up and Coming Category): Association of South African Schools of Social Work Education Institutions (ASASWEI).  UKZN SANTRUST Pre-Doctoral Programme Award


Published Journal Articles (Peer Reviewed):

  • Mhangwa, T; Kasiram, M; and Zibane, S (2018). Effectiveness of aftercare services for female drug users.  Southern African Journal of Social Work and Social Development, Ref 335/16.
  • Mkhize, N; Mathe (Zibane), S and Buthelezi, N (2014). Title: Ethical decision-making in cultural context: Implications for professional practice.  Mediterranean Journal for Social Sciences, 5(23), 2413-2419.
  • Mathe S (2013). ‘Love is good even when it is bad’: Competing sexuality discourses in a Township High School in South Africa.  Agenda: Sex, Gender and Chilhood, 97, 77-86
  • Raniga T and Mathe S (2011). Private Lives, Public Issues: Child Bearing Experiences of Adolescent Mothers in the Era of HIV and AIDS, Bhambayi, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa.  Social Work/Maatsklaplike Werk, 47(3), 338-348
  • Thabethe N and Mathe S (2010). Anti-Poverty Strategy in Rural KwaZulu-Natal: Contradictions and opportunities for Women in Poultry Farming.  Agenda: Gender & Rurality, 84, 81-100.
  • Mathe S (2007). The Responsiveness of Sexual Offenders to a Therapeutic Group Work Programme at Westville Medium B Prison.  Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk, 43(4), 392-406.
  • Mathe S (2007). Juvenile Sexual Offenders: We are the sons of our fathers.  Agenda: Empowering Women for Gender Equity, 21(74), 133-140.

Published (Non-peer Reviewed):

  • Mathe, S (2015).  Report on the Socio-Economic Circumstances of the Six Communities under Ezinqoleni and Hibiscus local Municipalities, Portshepstone, Kwazulu-Natal.  A report on behalf of the Natal Portland Cement’s CSI Department.
  • Mathe S and Meintjes B (2013). Module 4: Care and support of children at risk.  Learner Workbook. 4rth Edition.  South Africa: REPSSI

Community Involvement

  • 2017 to date Board Member: Centre for Afrocology, UKZN
  • 2016 to date University Language Board: Representative for the College of Humanity
  • 2012 to 2017 Schooling Sexuality Project in a township, Durban
  • 2014 Material Development and Review for Module 5: Management and Coordination of Child Protection in Emergences
  • 2012 to 2014 Senate Academic Representative: School of Applied Human Sciences
  • 2010 to date Module Coordination, Capacity Building and Quality Management: Community Based Work with Children and Youth (REPSSI/UKZN Project)
    Board Member: Open Door Crisis Centre
  • 2010 Work Team: NQF level 5 Social Auxiliary Curriculum
    Development for Health and Welfare SETA, PRETORIA
    Global Fund Trainer: HIV/AIDS in the Workplace
  • 2006 SA Delegation: Study Visit on Gender Equity and Rural
    Development to Canadian Universities
  • 2005-2008 Treasurer: KZN Employee Assistance Professionals’ Association
  • 2004-2006 Chairperson: Gender Equity Task Team, Mangosuthu University of Technology

Professional Affiliation

  • South African Council for Social Services Professions (SACSSP)

Teaching Expertise

  • Curriculum Design, Development and Implementation
  • Teaching, presentation and workshop facilitation
  • Research and research supervision
  • Policy development, analysis, implementation
  • Project design, implementation and management
  • Community development facilitation
  • Private, public and international partnerships
  • Excellent communication and report writing skills
  • Computer literacy


  • 2017 Khumalo, N.M, 9700575 Master of Social Science (Social Work). Understanding the Bio-psycho and Social Effects of Whoonga Use by Youth in KwaMashu Township, North of Durban.
  • 2016 Cebekhulu, L.M, 208514563 Master of Social Science (Social Work). Understanding the Experiences of Young Widows in Rural KwaZulu-Natal.
  • 2016 Ndlovu, N., 214583695 Master of Social Science (Social Work). Factors Influencing the Choice of a Backstreet Abortion by Young Women from a Township in Durban.
  • 2016 Mhangwa, T., 215076191 Master of Social Science (Social Work). Perceptions Concerning the Effectiveness of Aftercare Programmes for Female Recovering Drug Users.
  • 2013 Chetty, L.A., 9304881 Master of Social Science (Social Work). Termination of Pregnancy: A Decision Delimma amongst Young Women.